Release date: Dec. 12, 2019

The Providence House (TPH) and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) are excited to announce new partnership grants to expand its Workforce Development/Job Skills Training Program. The expanded program, a collaboration between the two organizations that began nearly two years ago, will provide tuition fees for industry-based certifications for both The Providence House clients as well as community individuals. The BPCC instructional site at The Providence House will provide classes at TPH’s Education Center. TPH’s 4-star Childcare Center will provide childcare for participants.

A press conference to announce partnership investors and details of the expanded workforce- training program will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 17, in front of the Education Center, at Providence House, 825 Cotton St., Shreveport, LA.

The Providence House Executive Director Verni Howard says the organization is excited to be collaborating with Bossier Parish Community College to expand this unique program. “This expanded workforce development partnership levels the playing field not just for homelessness families, but for the unemployed or underemployed. Education and workforce development/job skills training are the only tools that will permanently break the bonds of homelessness and poverty, and this program, which will be open to the community, will lift our entire community and change the economic landscape.”

BPCC Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development Dr. Gayle Flowers says the College looks forward to continuing its mission of providing workforce development and job skills training for workers in specific high-demand industry jobs. “We change the landscape of our community when we empower through employment by teaching the talent and skills needed to secure living-wage jobs, and we grow the economy when northwest Louisiana employers have work-ready individuals available to fill their open positions.  What lifts up one individual, lifts and unites us all.”

In January 2018, after considering the state of the educational outcomes in the Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area and the need for skilled workers in specific high-demand industry jobs, The Providence House and BPCC embarked on a training and job skills effort investing in a community segment with the greatest needs – homeless, poor, and unskilled adults.

After identifying specific market-driven opportunities, the first cohort of students began coursework in April of 2018. To date, twenty-eight (28) adults entered the program and twenty-one (21) completed the required courses. Of those who completed coursework, all received certifications and fourteen (14) are working with local employers earning $14 or more per hour. These results demonstrate that The Providence House-BPCC partnership investment moves individuals in our community out of poverty.  By braiding funds available from local investors, an expanded program will have even deeper impact.

Join The Providence House and BPCC to learn more about the local foundations investing in proven solutions not only for The Providence House clients but also for other individuals in the community who desire a better life.

Date/Time:                Tuesday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Location:                  The Providence House Education Center 825 Cotton Street Shreveport, LA

Participants:            Verni Howard, Executive Director, The Providence House

Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr, BPC Chancellor

Dr. Gayle Flowers, BPCC Vice Chancellor, Economic and Workforce Development

Participant from Pilot Workforce Program:

Shatoria Jones, The Providence House Graduate

CNA Certification (Providence-BPCC Workforce

Development Program); Employed by a local nursing home; will complete her LPN in May 2020